Bleak House Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mr. Jarndyce's small room off his bedroom is called ___________.

2. Mr. Boythorn comes to Esther proposing ___________.

3. The marriage between young Rouncewell and Rosa is nixed because ___________.

4. Jo's money was given to him by a female servant who ___________.

5. Why is Jo's evidence deemed to be inadmissable?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jo affect Dickens' story? Is he a sympathetic character?

2. Why does Mr. Guppy so easily agree that his marriage proposal to Esther is now moot?

3. Discuss Mr. Guppy's pursuit of Esther as he follows her around the city. How would this be viewed today?

4. Discuss Krook's Rag and Bottle Shop? Is he a good businessman? Is there anything symbolic about the shop?

5. Dickens brings poverty and wealth together to create intrigue in the story's plot. What is young Jo's involvement in the plot and why is he important?

6. what is to become of Krook's Rag and Bottle house, now that he has died? Is its disposition a surprise?

7. Poor Guster, the Snagsbys' maid, is given to seizures. Why does Guster fit in so well with the Snagsbys?

8. How did Gerge get so embroiled in the plot of this story? What is his role?

9. Who is Miss Flite, and what is her interest? What is the significance of her birds?

10. What is the reader's impression of detective Bucket? How does Dickens accomplish his portrayal of Bucket?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the use of flowers in Bleak House. Dickens employs flowers several times in very specific, symbolic ways. Examine the symbolism and determine if there is a common thread in the instances where flowers appear.

Essay Topic 2

The story of Bleak House includes mistreated, abandoned, ill, homeless, and neglected children. In an essay, address each of these instances. Are they all associated with poverty? What is the point of making unfortunate children such a prominent part of this story?

Essay Topic 3

Dickens describes Tulkinghorn's funeral as having many empty carriages for absent mourners. Research this practice and write an essay on its origins, its meaning, and its demise.

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